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Peripheral Neuropathy and Cold Laser

by in Medical Care, Podiatry, Wellness March 15, 2013

Peripheral Neuropathy, or the numbness and pain caused by nerve damage in the hands and feet, can be caused by many factors. When the blood supply to the nerve is affected, the nerve fibers that are responsible for pain conduction are damaged and can cause a loss of sensation and create burning and tingling for the patient. This can occur in the hands and arms, but most commonly it is seen in the feet and legs.

Most treatments currently in use for neuropathy are geared towards treating the symptoms and not to cure the problem. These treatments help lessen the symptoms to make the disease more manageable for the patient; however, they usually involve prescription medications that mask the disease rather than treating it. Recent research has shown that Cold Laser Therapy can help treat the underlying causes of neuropathy and help with symptom management.

Cold Laser Therapy helps by actually stimulating microcirculation around the nerve fibers, which increases blood flow to the nerves and helps to heal and reduce neuropathic pain. Laser light energy penetrates the skin and stimulates increased oxygen on a cellular level. This increase in microcirculation around the nerve has been shown to help regenerate fibers and help heal peripheral nerves. Cold Laser Therapy is painless and has been proven to decrease neuropathy, decrease inflammation and aide in the healing of wounds and tendons.

-Written by Dr. Bradley Gipson, DPM

  1. Patricia Boxberger July 16, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Is there a clinic in Joplin Mo that treats peripheral neuropathy with cold laser therapy? Or a clinic in Springfield Mo?

    • Hello,
      Unfortunately we do not know of any. We are located in Knoxville, TN and do not have any partners there. You can contact the Missouri State Chiropractor Association at and ask them for a chiropractor that does cold laser therapy. They should be able to connect you with someone. Thanks for your interest!

    • Corin Wilde, DPM May 11, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      I treat patients in Pittsburg, Kansas with a cold laser. The laser works well for inflammation and pain. I have had success with neuropathy but it may not be as predictable.

  2. Is this the same as anodyne therapy?

    • Great question. Anodyne therapy is similar to cold laser; however, it uses infrared light to treat pain, stiffness, and circulatory issues. Cold laser is a newer, more effective technology that can better pinpoint trouble areas and help patients to heal faster.

  3. I am a Podiatrist in Chattanooga, TN and have been using cold laser therapy for peripheral neuropathy for some time. I have good results with it, but it does take time. There are also cases, where I use cold laser therapy in combination with Class IV (sometimes known as a deep penetrating or hot laser) laser treatment.

    • I just started cold laser therapy and have had (2) sessions. I plan to do (1) session per week for the next (4) weeks. On average, how many treatments do I need before I see results on my Peripheral Theraphy, primarily on the pain and balance.

      • The best answer we can give is it depends. It depends on how long you have had the neuropathy and how severe it is. Some people have results within 3 – 6 treatments and some do not get relief but it does not worsen.

  4. How exactly do you treat peripheral neuropathy? Using the cold laser where do you place it to treat when from knees to sole of feet there is numbness and tingling.

    Thanks – George Bass

    • Hi George,

      Great question! We use the cold laser on inflamed trigger points and major nerve pathways to reduce inflammation. This leads to increased blood flow and sensation to the areas that are affected. In most cases, we target 3-6 inflamed points per leg. Most of our patients find their symptoms have improved after 6-8 sessions of treatment but that varies based on your individual case. Cold laser therapy is quick and painless with the average session only lasting 10-15 minutes.
      If you would like more information about cold laser therapy, contact our office at 865-524-1234. This is an exciting treatment option and many of our patients have reported a significant increase in sensation and decrease in pain.

      -Hope Ealey, Communications Director

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